Local electro-dance crew Nicos Gun went acoustic for their new Sounds of the City session, presented by Red Bull Sound Select. The band performed three tracks, including music from their upcoming record Dream Vacation. The videos were filmed in locations around Philly, including their apartment in Northern Liberties, Northern Liberties Park and at The Fire on Girard Ave. The filming spots are more than just notable Philadelphia points of interest – the band chose locations that are important to them as musicians in this city (The Fire is where they played their first show together). Below, check out the video for Nicos Gun’s new single “Power Back,” followed by “Island of Sirens” from the new record and “Business and Pleasure” from their debut Plush.
Philly-based dance-punk outfit Nicos Gun released their full-length record Plush in December of 2011, and it featured the Prince-y opening track “Dirty Girl.” Fast forward a couple of years, and it seems about time that the song gets a little reboot, courtesy of none other than fellow Philly-natives, Les Professionnels. The newly remixed “Dirty Girls” reinvents the tune in only a way that the self-proclaimed “cosmic voyagers” could. Featuring the same punch and attitude of the original, while adding a funky new layer of electro-pop, too, Les Professionnels manage to give the song new life, yet are careful not to distract from its original appeal. The remixed track is now available on iTunes, and can be streamed via Spotify. Listen to it below. Les Prof plays MilkBoy next Friday, June 28th; tickets and information can be found here.
Philly’s own Nicos Gun released a brand new video this weekend for their song, “Islands of Sirens.” The video features kaleidoscopic images and late-80s style footage of the band dancing, crying and playing their instruments. The song begins with a blues riff that repeats and never quite seems to resolve itself until the end. Overall, it’s an infectious melody that seems heavily influenced by Prince – not unlike Nicos Gun in general. Check out the video below and be sure to put on your dance shoes, because Nicos Gun is playing Milkboy June 29th.
When they took control of the Philly Local show a couple of months ago, local remixers Les Professionnels debuted a new reworking of Nicos Gun’s “Dirty Girl.” Ahead of the track’s release next month, “Dirty Girl” the remix is up for streaming on Youtube paired with a pointillated video created by TRMINAL. From Les Professionnels:
The Remix is heavily influenced by our love of Daft Punk, Prince, MJ, Indie Dance, and Deep House and we thought it would be fitting to release in anticipation of Daft Punk’s new album (something we are very excited about). When making this remix we imagined Nicos Gun as the centerpiece of a wild house party set in space. There’s even a nice bed of crowd noise to boot! We hope you enjoy it as much as we loved making it!
Stream the track below and listen to the original version here. Les Professionnels have a show at MilkBoy tomorrow night; more information can be found here. They’ll also be partying at The Blockley on Saturday – check out the Facebook event page here.
On Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, The Fire plays host to a benefit with proceeds going to The French Bulldog Rescue Network, the Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR), and the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Performers on Saturday, May 4th include: Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, and Reef The Lost Cauze. On Sunday, May 5th, the lineup includes: The Lawsuits, Spirit and Dust, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Anjuli Josephine, Attia Taylor, and Sean Hoots. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows.
The battle of the Nicos Gun side projects has been raging on Soundcloud for a while now, enough so that we were beginning to wonder when a new Nicos track proper would show up. Today we got one: a slick groover called “Waterfalls.” Barney Cortez’s lead vocals are clear and more melodic than we’re used to hearing from him, and there’s a total 90s Prince underbelly to the song. Check it out in the player below.
If enormous crowds and fancy cocktail parties aren’t really your style when it comes to ringing in the new year, you might want to head over to MilkBoy where Nicos Gun will be throwing down a guaranteed rager of a New Year’s Eve party with special guests The Fleeting Ends. Both local bands know how to make dance-craze-inducing music and The Fleeting Ends will be celebrating the release of their new album (expected sometime in December) so things might get a little wild. Tickets to the 21+ show are $15; more information can be found here. Below, watch Nicos Gun’s video for “We Could Die.”
The timing was too good on this one. Just as I was getting ready to post about “Cannibals,” a dramatic disco-fied new demo that Nick Bockrath of Philly dance rockers Nicos Gun posted to his newish Soundcloud page, I took a quick look at my Google Reader. Turns out our friends at The Deli also posted about a Nicos solo project in their end of the blog world – except they dug up cuts from Bockrath’s co-frontman and occasional comedic foil, Barney Cortez. While the former’s solo tracks seem to put a more urgent, emotive spin on the Nicos party-disco-funk-tronica stylings, Cortez digs into Bowie-style glam, psychedelic pop and goth on his Soundcloud. Sample a cut from each Nicos solo project below, and to add even more branches to the family tree, find out more about their dual side-project Rich Mystics here.